Palmetto scholarship fund fundraiser on Feb. 26

Palmetto scholarship fund fundraiser on Feb. 26

Palmetto alumni Ron Magill will host the Palmetto Scholarship Fund fundraiser.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl, the Palmetto Senior High Alumni Association will host a special event with the always-entertaining Ron Magill. The fundraiser’s main feature is Magill’s Sex and the Animals presentation, which exposes the sex lives of beasts in a funny and informative manner.

“Still in our infancy as an organization, we are building membership from over 50 years of alumni, helping advise and publicize reunions, and offer social events and networking,” said Village Mayor Cindy Lerner, who also sits on the Alumni Association. “We are proud to have established a scholarship fund to assist worthy Palmetto High seniors in paying for college.”

The event costs $24 per person in advance and $29 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. The Village Council waived the normal $1,850 facility rental fee to maximize the fundraising effort. To purchase tickets visit or call 877-496-8499.

Come out to support your local Palmetto High School lacrosse team Thursday Feb. 26, 7-10 p.m., at Williamson Cadillac. Since the Miami-Dade County School Board does not fund lacrosse, the team is 100 percent funded by students, their families and the community. Thankfully, local businesses are stepping up to help.

Palmetto scholarship fund fundraiser on Feb. 26

Brian and Jay Morrison, along with Jared Heller, are CCDH Poker Tournament organizers

Williamson Automotive will clear the cars from their showroom and host the event, complete with food and a silent auction and raffle. Williamson will auction off a “threeday lease” of a vehicle. Dozens of other items will be available. Coach Robert Murray will talk about the effort and of course the team will be there to add to the excitement.

“We are honored to help our community,” said Williamson general sales manager Benito Ledesma, Jr. “We look forward to supporting our local school and seeing everyone at our beautiful showroom.” The Williamson Automotive group is located at US 1 and SW 104 Street. Come out and support this worthy cause for our kids. Last year’s efforts brought in $7,000. They hope to easily top that this time.

Besides Williamson, sponsors include Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Rums of Puerto Rico.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Congregation Bet Shira hosted the 11th annual CCDH Poker Tournament. The event, run by the Morrison brothers, Brian, 16, and Jay, 14, and Jared Heller, 17, raised money for CCDH, Miami-Dade County’s leading agency to plan, provide, coordinate, and arrange services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Palmetto scholarship fund fundraiser on Feb. 26

Williamson Automotive showroom being used for fundraiser with sales manager Benito Ledesma, Jr. and marketing director Jennifer Naszradi.|

Over 100 volunteers and players participated in the Texas Hold ‘em tournament. Besides raising funds for CCDH, the event has become tradition for the local community to socialize and catch up. In addition, all players and volunteers received four hours of community service credit.

After nearly five hours, the field of players narrowed to a single table. In the end, Gulliver Academy 8th-grader Scott Hellinger was the big winner of a flat-screen TV.

“The kids who run the event are my friends, so I go to support them and to help the cause,” said Hellinger. “In addition to the entry fee, my family made an additional donation to CCDH, so that felt really good.”

All the food and drink was donated for the day’s event and other raffle prizes were donated by Best Buy Suniland, House of Bagels, Wagons West, Lots of Lox, Anacapri, Kings Bay Athletics, Sushi Rock, M Cycle, Modern Nails, Jaguar Restaurant, Wayside Market, Trader Joe’s, Sushi Maki, Lan Pan and Joanna’s Marketplace.

Palmetto scholarship fund fundraiser on Feb. 26

Tournament winner Scott Hellinger holds up his new flat-screen TV

More than $4,000 was raised, with checks still coming in.

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